MISSED OPPORTUNITIES COME BACK TO HAUNT LUCKLESS BANFFERS
Deveronvale 0-2 Wick Academy
Scorers: Steven 45, Mackay 64
Wick Academy came to Banff on the back of a heavy home defeat to Nairn County but came away with the three points from Princess Royal Park courtesy of Michael Steven and Sam Mackay in a close-fought affair.
The encounter was far from the purest in footballing terms but goals change games and Vale's inability to put away three great chances in the opening half an hour cost them dearly and unfortunately continue their search for their first win of 2017.
Alastair Miller sadly passed away recently and a minutes applause was observed prior to kick off for the former Buckie Thistle chairman, Mr Miller was also associated with the Banff club.
Steve Dolan's side came racing out of the traps and Callum Murray, playing up top alongside Dane Ballard hit the post after being sent through on goal by his new formed strike partner, the rebound falling kindly for the Caithness visitors.
Wick came back strongly though and peppered the Vale danger area but Dippy's five at the back held strong and it was indeed the hosts who should have taken the lead when Paul Sutherland was released in on goal also by Dane Ballard but the number seven was denied by the legs on the advancing Sean McCarthy as he hesitated slightly.
Richard MacAdie fired a chance way over the top while defender Danny MacKay's attempted overhead effort flew over the top as the visitors came back at their hosts.
Lewis Dunbar was next to pass up a great opportunity when set up by Callum Murray, the defender electing to shift the ball to his favoured right in lieu of taking immediate aim with his left allowing a combination of Danny Mackay and Sean McCarthy to block in the nick of time.
GOAL - Michael Steven looped a header out of the reach of Grant Pennet to put the visitors into a undeserved lead right on the stroke of half time following Richard MacAdie's set piece which looked a soft award from the man in black. HT
The Scorries, buoyed by their goal at the crucial end of the first half pushed on and were awarded a penalty kick twenty minutes after the restart. Liam Forbes went to ground in an attempt to clear a low ball into the feet of Ross MacIver and referee pointed to the spot whilst cautioning the offender.
Sam Mackay saw his initial attempt from the spot saved by Grant Pennet but was able to smash the rebound high into the net to put his side in a great position.
Steven Davidson was red carded for a second yellow card ten minutes later as the defender attempted to block Richard MacAdie's strike from distance leaving the homeside with a mountain to climb.
The ten men battled on and created the last opportunity of the afternoon which fell to Paul Sutherland but his effort on target looked to threaten Sean McCarthy until it was deflected into the keeper's arms, which just about summed up Vale's luck on the day.
Vale: Pennet, Dunbar (Noble 74), Jack, Begg (Souter 80), *64 Forbes, *69 *75 Davidson, Sutherland, Manson (Watt 70), Ballard, Murray, Aitken
Subs: Ross, Willox Mackie (gk)
Wick: McCarthy, Mackay, Pickles, Steven, Steven, Manson, Mackay, MacAdie (Allan 81), Anderson, MacGregor (A Mackay 46), MacIver
Subs: Miller, Dunnett
Manager: Gordon Connelly
Referee: Alex Shepherd
Efforts On: 4
Efforts Off: 1
Overhead Conditions: Raining
Playing Surface: Soft
Temp at KO: 4 deg C
Last Season: 1-2
|Reporter: Neil Montgomery|
|Reported LastEdited: 28-Jan-2017|